THE DREAMING

300px-Antonio_de_Pereda_-_The_Knight's_DreamThe Knight’s Dream ~ Antonio de Pereda

THE DREAMING

The Dreaming, or timeless time, has different meanings for various Aboriginal groups, which are divided into more than 500 tribal groups. Dreamtime refers to the belief of Australian Aborigines that the world was created during the Dreamtime, and tribes people entered this imaginal realm through altered consciousness, dreams and death.

Dreamtime is considered the final destination before journeying to reincarnation. The rules and embodiment of Creation gives meaning to the collective.

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE DREAMING

A Dreaming is a story owned by different tribes, explaining the Creation, and is passed on as it is owned when people live according to tribal law, and lore. The songs, dances, and stories are transmissions or lineages of the Songlines, Murals of Dreaming or Creation. These transmissions are not to be painted without the authorization of the Dreaming’s owner. Otherwise, it is considered stealing.

Four Aspects of Dreamtime

  • The beginning of all things
  • The life and influence of the ancestors
  • The way of life and death
  • The sources of power of life

The four aspects of Dreamtime include a condition, “all-at-once” instead of the “one-thing-after-another” time, which is beyond time and space other than everyday life. Dreamtime is experienced as the past, present and future co-existing in altered states of consciousness.

When tribal members live according to tribal rules, they are initiated through rituals, and hearing the mythology of the tribe. 

The experience of Dreamtime may sound mystical or mysterious to the Western mind. It is based on comprehension and observable facts of social and mental life, which are unfortunately held with little regard in Western society. The present is observable as a result of past actions or events. Present society is based on a foundation of past great men and women’s heroic deeds.

 In Aboriginal tribes, and many ancient races, the past heroic deeds of ancestors are remembered with great veneration.

The tribal members believed the present life, personal skills and character of all members, arose out of the deeds and life of the ancestors, and passed on to the tribe in the present, which are held in the Dreamtime, beyond shifting events happening “one-after-the-other.” The belief that each individual’s life is eternal, and pre-existed, until becoming a living being born to the mother.

 Entering the Dreamtime

 The individual who enters the Dreamtime feels no separation between themselves, and the strengths and resources of their ancestors. The limitations of time and space are overcome through Dreamtime.

 Death in Dreamtime

Death is considered a cycle of life, and one emerges from Dreamtime through birth, and returns to the timeless, only to emerge again. It is a common belief that a person temporarily enters the Dreamtime during sleep.

CONCLUSION

The Aboriginal tribes are deeply connected and dependent upon their beliefs, strength, and the identity of their inner landscape, perhaps more than any race of recent times, and the inner world is an externalization of the individual’s landscape.

Aborigines are vulnerable to anything which disrupts their beliefs, and have a great psychic sense of wholeness and identity with their tribe and environment than is common in Western individuals.

Lastly, how do you resonate with Dreamtime? Do you call, sing, chant, journal, or visualize it into your consciousness?

Further Reading

  • Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines (Mr. Chatwin explores the Australian Aboriginal custom of “singing the world out of Dreamtime”)

  • Philip K. Dick, VALIS

  • David Gulpilil’s Stories of the Dreamtime.  Mr. Gulpilil is a tribal musician, dancer, writer, actor, of aboriginal descent, and appeared in the films,

    Crocodile Dundee I and II

  • Neil Gaiman, graphic novels, The Sandman

  • Alexia Wright, Carpentaria

THE CELTIC OAK

The Oak tree is a living legend, and King of the Tree realm.  It is a tree of strength and protection.

SYMBOLS OF THE OAK

Oaks are known for its size and longevity, and powerful life-affirming symbolic themes of fire, masculinity, durability, purity, constancy, crusader, robin, Stag, growth, doorway, call to adventure, security, pride, grace, primeval vigor, life, nurturing, wisdom, nobility, loyalty, power, longevity, honor, history, territoriality, ancestry, teacher, and knowledge.

FOLKLORE OF THE OAK

The Oak’s tower of strength has a regal presence and tendency to attract lightning.  It is associated with the Celtic god, Eochaidh Ollathair (Dagda).  The Dagda possesses superhuman strength, endurance, agility, magical powers to open portals, grant power to mortals, hurl energy, and perceive phenomenon on a cosmic scale.  He has power, mystical potential and more superhuman strength than any Celtic god, and may be equal to Zeus and Odin in power.

Ancient Celts recognized and honored the Oak as a clear sign of its noble presence, endurance, massive growth, impressive expanse, and as a spiritual doorway.  The ancient Europeans wore oak leaves as a sign of special status.  Known for its high tannin content, it is resistant to fungus, and used for making doors and boats.

There are accounts that trace the name “druid” to duir, the Celtic term for the Oak.  The actual translation of duir is “door” and lore indicates that witches can access the ethereal planes of higher thought by using the Oak as a door into magical places.  Druids met in oak groves and ate acorns to ingest the ancient knowledge contained in them.  Mistletoe grows best on the Oak, and is the most sacred herb of the Druids.

SNOW QUEEN

Snow Queen

The crystallized peace and stillness of the white of winter!

To all of my devoted followers. It’s Saturday, December 7th, and it’s pouring rain in California.  I’m having a cup of coffee, before the angels and I continue packing to leave Los Angeles, and return to Texas on December 28, 2013. So far, I’ve counted 25 medium-sized boxes of books, and that’s after donations. Yikes!

I will post as often as possible between now and watching my computer loaded on the moving truck, and get back to it, as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience, and Happy Holidays!

FORTUNA BONA!

 

The Full Moon will happen on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 25 degrees Taurus, at 7:16 a.m., PST.

It is a time for grounding energy to align with our core values, and what is truly important. This full moon will cast an illumination on inner resources, such as, security, finances, values, abundance, art, pleasure, passion, goals, to enable and empower us to shift and make necessary changes.

Fortuna Bona, literally means “Good Fortune.” It is a benevolent aspect of the Roman Goddess of Luck and Chance, Fortuna. The Latin word “bona” is translated as “good things, profit, or wealth.” Trust your ability to connect with the positive energy of good fortune, and manifest your desires.

PONTIFF OF LAW AND LIBERTY

The High Priest, Pope or Pontiff (Latin “Pontifex”) wears his triple crown, and sits on a throne between two pillars symbolizing law and liberty, while the keys to Heaven rests at his feet. He is holy, enlightened, and the keeper of secret knowledge, and higher mysteries for the sake of presentation.

The Pontiff is a teacher, authority figure, represents great power, higher learning, high social standing, and all group identification with rules, and assigned roles.

SYMBOLS

Hand – the Pontiff’s right hand is raised as a sign of benediction.

Staff – a triple cross, symbolic of the global head of the Papal office in the Roman Catholic Church. The Staff reinforces the Pontiff’s responsibility of the well-being of the people.

KEY PHRASES

Law, holy, ceremony, conformity, tradition, education, secret knowledge, status quo, institutions.

Taurus is ruler of the second house in the zodiac, and ruled by the planet Venus. Taurus is also associated with the Hierophant in the tarot.

THE MUMMERS’ DANCE!

The lyrics of, “The Mummers’ Dance” by Canadian Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt celebrates the specific traditional springtime ritual of the Gaelic May Day Festival of Beltane, observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

The “May Day” celebration was commonly held on April 30 through May 1, or midsummer between the spring and summer solstice. It was observed as an important fertility ritual for springtime in May when pagans danced around the maypole with ribbons. The ritual died-out by the mid-20th Century, although some of its customs are still observed by some European countries in present day.

The song was featured in the trailer for the 1998 film, “Ever After: A Cinderella Story,” starring Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott.

The Mummers’ Dance by Loreena McKennitt (Album: The Book of Secrets)

When in the springtime of the year

When the trees are crowned with leaves

When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew

Are dressed in ribbons fair

When owls call the breathless moon

In the blue veil of the night

The shadows of the trees appear

Amidst the lantern light

We’ve been rambling all the night

And some time of this day

Now returning back again

We bring a garland gay

Who will go down to those shady groves

And summon the shadows there

And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms

In the springtime of the year

The songs of birds seem to fill the wood

That when the fiddler plays

All their voices can be heard

Long past their woodland days

We’ve been rambling all the night

And some time of this day

Now returning back again

We bring a garland gay

And so they linked their hands and danced

Round in circles and in rows

And so the journey of the night descends

When all the shades are gone

A garland gay we bring you here

And at your door we stand

It is a sprout well budded out

The work of Our Lord’s hand

The Mummers’ Dance

We’ve been rambling all the night

And some time of this day

Now returning back again

We bring a garland gay

Mad Men’s Season 3, episode 2, entitled “Love Among the Ruins” featured a maypole scene. Don Draper becomes involved with his daughter (Sally’s) elementary school teacher, Suzanne Farrell, who he first saw leading her students in an outdoor maypole dance.

A CELESTIAL ORCHESTRA!

Before me there were none

and after me there shall be no more!

Sail into the dream of new worlds!

~ The Ancient Librarian

Port_Scene_with_the_Embarkation_of_Saint_Ursula_1641The eternal vox of Ireland’s Lisa Gerrard and composer Patrick Cassidy, merging as if every instrument in the ethers integrated into one enormous celestial storm of orchestral myth.  The composition, Sailing to Byzantium was inspired by the poet William Butler Yeats’ poem by the same title.

Yeats wrote the poem in 1926, at the age of around 60. It is definitive of the agony of lost youth, an abyss of pain and inevitability of old age, societal insignificance, and the spiritual and imaginative inner work necessary to remain vital.

Byzantium was an ancient Greek city that later become Constantinople. It was the center of European civilization and the source of its spiritual philosophy. Therefore, Yeats symbolized a metaphorical journey for the spiritual life by a man pursuing his visual quest of eternal life, and the conception of paradise by sailing to the Holy City of Byzantium. Byzantium is now Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey.

astral_voyage-1Astral Voyage ~ Art Image by Josephine Wall ~ http://www.josephinewall.co.uk

Sailing to Byzantium

That is no country for old men.  The young

In one another’s arms, birds in the trees

– Those dying generations—at their song,

The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,

Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long

Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.

Caught in that sensual music all neglect

Monuments of unaging intellect.

An aged man is but a paltry thing,

A tattered coat upon a stick, unless

Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing

For every tatter in its mortal dress,

Nor is there singing school but studying

Monuments of its own magnificence;

And therefore I have sailed the seas and come

To the holy city of Byzantium.

O sages standing in God’s holy fire

As in the gold mosaic of a wall,

Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,

And be the singing-masters of my soul.

Consume my heart away; sick with desire

And fastened to a dying animal

It knows not what it is; and gather me

Into the artifice of eternity.

Once out of nature I shall never take

My bodily form from any natural thing,

But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make

Of hammered gold and gold enameling

To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;

Or set upon a golden bough to sing

To lords and ladies of Byzantium

Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

Sailing to Byzantium ~ Lisa Gerrard and Patrick Cassidy (Album: Immortal Memory)

 

ANGELS OF THE FALL!

Meditate and look into the cauldron of daydreams and become the fairytale traveler of your twilight fantasies.

Toss a coin into the fountain of dreams, to make a votive offering to the gods and goddesses, and “act as if,” it’s already done!

Listen to the rustling of autumn leaves, and allow your soul to resonate, and drift among the festival of harps.

Daydream about legends, castles and waves crashing against the misty Cliffs of Moher, celtic myths, and angels of the fall.

Live in gratitude everyday for the power of your wishes, and bounty!

I am divinely supported by the Universe in every area of my life — always!

I am grateful!

Bi Liom by Moya Brennan (Clannad)

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